ESCalate Bulletin No. 71 (10 June 2011)


  1. Important ESCalate UPdate
  2. An invitation to a working seminar at MMU
  3. Employability in the Curriculum workshop for teacher educators, UCLAN
  4. Employability event for academic and support staff: Work Related Learning in the Curriculum, Scotland
  5. Inequality and its implications for education locally to globally, Sheffield
  6. UUK Universities Week
  7. AUA Opportunities

Important ESCalate UPdate

We are pleased to announce that ESCalate has secured transition funding from the HEA to continue its role in supporting all staff teaching on HE Education programmes in the UK until 31 December 2011.

We will be continuing to support grant funded projects and maintain a certain level of discipline-wide activity until then. Colleagues will be aware that the HEA is changing the way that it will support the HE community, the role of academic associates will become very important to delivering and developing support for learning and teaching in higher education. The HEA are currently inviting expressions of interest in these posts. For more details, see here.

We are currently exploring ways of preserving ESCalate's resources to make sure that they remain accessible to the community beyond December 2011. To help us do this, we would like to know which resources you use regularly or find particularly valuable. 

Please email with details of such resources.

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An invitation to a working seminar at MMU

One of our funded projects 'Promoting cohesion, challenging expectations: educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools' lead by Peter Hick is holding a working seminar on June 15th at Manchester Metropolitan University on June 15th. Peter asks...

'We would like to invite you to participate in a working seminar to tease out the key themes of the project and help shape CPD resources, support materials and strategies to take forward ways of dealing with and embedding ‘race’ in/equality matters within initial teacher education programmes. As a colleague with an interest in ‘race’ in/equality in teacher education, your input to the seminar would be very much appreciated.'

To book yourself a space please contact

or Tel: 0161 247 2320.

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Employability in the Curriculum workshop for teacher educators, UCLAN

Date: Wednesday 6th July

Venue: University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, Lancashire

The ESCalate project ‘Employability  in the Curriculum’ is completing in summer 2011, and is offering this workshop to share outcomes and findings on research undertaken in employability in the curriculum in modules offered within the School of Education and Social Science. 

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at teacher educators, researchers and students. The workshop will offer delegates the opportunity to discuss their research  and teaching in the field of employability, to engage in narrative and teaching dialogue with other delegates in relation to employability and the curriculum. The workshop will offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership work. This is an opportunity to be a part of a future change process in teaching and learning. Colleagues are invited to explore the value of this research for themselves and share ideas, best practice and take the opportunity to connect in a reflective and engaging dialogue in a productive environment.

How to register

Details and flyer available at

For bookings and offers of resources, please email with the subject 'Workshop Booking’.

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Employability event for academic and support staff: Work Related Learning in the Curriculum, Scotland

Professional Practice in Focus: Work Related Learning in the Curriculum
A one day employability event for academic and support staff

Date: Monday 13 June 2011
Venue: Mackintosh Building, The Glasgow School of Art

The Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum (SHEEF) is pleased to announce the second in a series of regional workshops aimed at showcasing examples of innovative and effective ways of embedding employability in the academic curriculum at subject level.

Professional Practice in Focus: Work Related Learning in the Curriculum introduces new research and showcases innovative and effective approaches to embedding employability within a programme of study.

This event is aimed at academic and support staff across all subject disciplines with a role to play, or an interest in, the development of work related learning, enterprise activity or any other form of employability within their institution.    It will also be of use to professionals and external agencies that wish to engage with Higher Education Institutions.

The event is composed of keynote presentations and parallel breakout discussion groups in which all attendees will have an opportunity to share their own examples of good practice, as well as debate approaches in this field.

There is no registration fee to attend the event and lunch will be provided. Also, all delegates have the opportunity to sign up for a tour of the magnificent Mackintosh Building and the Glasgow School of Art annual degree show.  To register or see the programme, please contact

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Inequality and its implications for education locally to globally, Sheffield

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) workshop this June

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2011

Venue: Owen Building, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University 

A half day workshop in Sheffield, organised by ESCalate (HEA Subject Centre for Education), in partnership with the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY), and Sheffield Hallam University.

Aims of the day:

  • To look at issues of inequality and their implications for education locally to globally
  • To explore and share good practice in teaching and learning around Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship (GC)
  • To discuss ways to support developing good practice in the region.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography, University of Sheffield


Teacher Educators / Academics / Trainee Teachers / Students / Teachers / Local Authority / NGOs / professionals with an interest in these areas

The day will run from 9:30am - 1:15pm and includes lunch.

For more details or to register please visit

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UUK Universities Week

Next week is UUK’s Universities Week, a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society. The campaign highlights the impact universities in the UK have on the individual, the local community, its businesses, and the future of the UK, just to name a few.

The five themes of Universities Week are: sharing big ideas, big ideas for business, big ideas for society, big ideas for the future, and inside big ideas.

You can find out more about Universities week on their dedicated website.

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AUA Opportunities

The AUA is the professional association for all those working in management and administration roles in HE. The 'PgCert' is a well established qualification, offered since 2000 and validated by the Open University since 2002.

There is an opportunity to join the Board of Studies for the AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice. The Board of Studies meets 3 times per year usually in Manchester. There may be additional remunerated opportunities to develop training materials and events. Travel and subsistence is reimbursed in line with AUA policy.

Those interested should send a summary CV (1 side of A4 max) and short statement (250 words) about the contribution they would make to the PgCert, to reach the AUA National Office by noon on 17 June. The PgCert Programme Management Team will review expressions of interest and contact individuals to discuss the work of the PgCert Board of Studies.

There are also Postgraduate Assessor opportunities on the AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (HE administration and management).

The AUA is recruiting assessors with experience of level 7 assessment in management, education or professional education disciplines to work on assignments linked to the three knowledge areas of Higher Education in Society, The Learning Experience, and Administration and Management of Higher Education. More information about the structure, content and focus of the programme can be found at

For more information please contact

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